By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Malaysian health officials are now reporting more than 110,000 dengue fever cases through Nov. 4 The officials tally stands at 110,868, including 154 deaths.
Selangor state continues to report more than half the country’s cases with 61,259. This is followed by Kuala Lumpur (12,676) and Johor (9,375).
The rising dengue cases in Selangor has prompted calls for the government there to draft a long-term blueprint to combat dengue more effectively.
Selangor Opposition chief Rizam Ismail says despite the big allocation of money to Selangor to fight dengue, they still record the highest numbers by far.
He also urged the state government to implement stringent laws to tackle the problem of dengue in Selangor.
WHO notes the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are underreported and many cases are misclassified.
One estimate indicates 390 million dengue infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). Another study, of the prevalence of dengue, estimates that 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.